Campbell thwarts ETSU comeback, 15-12
Friday, March 20, 2009

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (March 20, 2009) - The ETSU baseball team lost a heartbreaker to Campbell Friday night at Cardinal Park after mounting a comeback in the bottom of the eighth, 15-12.


The Camels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first as a run came in to score on Ryan Hamme grounder to second.


Paul Hoilman (Johnson City, Tenn.) answered for the Bucs (7-10, 1-6 A-Sun) in the bottom of the first as he doubled down the left field line to score Troy Mendez (Roswell, Ga.) from first base to tie the game at 1-all.


Campbell jumped back in front in the top of the second as Stephen Parsons singled in a run to take a 2-1 lead.  


ETSU evened things again in the bottom of the second as Garrett May (Roswell, Ga.) drove in Cory Betterson (Atlanta, Ga.) on a sac fly to left to make the score 2-2.


In the top of the third, the Camels tacked on four runs on four hits to take a 6-2 lead.


The Camels added three more runs in the top of the fourth on a Hamme RBI single, an Alex Aycoth walk and a Josh Holskey hit by pitch to extend the Campbell lead to 9-2.


Betterson cut into the Campbell lead in the bottom of the fourth as he doubled in Ben Allen (Kingsport, Tenn.) to make the score 9-3. Later in the inning, May added another run for the Bucs as he doubled in Derek Trent (Kingsport, Tenn.) to cut the lead to 9-4.


Campbell got those two runs back in the top of the fifth as two Camel runs came in to score on an ETSU error after a Matt Keen single to make the score 11-4.


Allen came through for the Bucs in the bottom of the fifth as he singled home Mendez to cut the Camel lead to 11-5


In the top of the seventh, Campbell pushed another run across on a Buccaneer error to increase its lead to 12-5.


ETSU got a big hit from Danny Petro (Atlanta, Ga.) in the bottom of the seventh as he hammered a two run pinch hit single through the left side of the infield to cut the Camels lead to 12-7.


The Bucs then got five runs in the bottom of the eighth on a Bo Reeder (Cookeville, Tenn.) two-run home run to left center, a Betterson walk with the bases loaded to score Hoilman, and a two-run single by May to tie the score at 12-all.


Campbell answered though in the top of the ninth as the Camels scored three runs on two hits and two ETSU errors to make the final 15-12.


ETSU was led offensively by Allen as he went 5-for-6 on the night with an RBI and scored two runs. Betterson also had a good night for the Bucs as he was 2-for-2 with three walks, scored two runs and drove in two.


The Bucs are back in action tomorrow at 1 p.m. as they will face Campbell in a doubleheader at Cardinal Park. Please visit for more information on ETSU baseball and all other Buccaneer athletic news.


Campbell 15, ETSU 12 (March 20, 2009 at Johnson City, Tenn.)
CU................. 114  320  103   - 15   15     0   (11-7, 2-4 A-Sun)

ETSU............ 110  210  250   - 12   18     5   (7-10, 1-6 A-Sun)

Pitchers: ETSU - Ben Andrews; Taylor Gouffon (4); Drew Story (4); Bo Burton (6); Dustin Plumlee (9)

CU - Josh Fish; Carlton Floyd (8); Ryan Hamme (8)
Win - Ryan Hamme (2-1) Loss - Dustin Plumlee (2-3)

HR - ETSU - Bo Reeder (6)